Mount Olivet Gate
As part of the annexation, Kenmure Enterprises, Inc. (KEI) will pay the entire cost of the New Mt. Olivet Gate (as well as the temporary secure entrance at Chatsworth Court). The Mt. Olivet Gate will have a Bar Code Reader, up to 2 cameras and a generator. KEI will warranty the gate for 1-year after KPOA acceptance.
Where would the Mt. Olivet Gate be installed?
1600 Mt. Olivet Road, Tuxedo, NC.
Currently, there is a locked swing gate in place.
FROM Andy Clapper, RMC Chair:
- Argyle to Mt. Olivet entrance = this was a 3.5 mile/7 minute drive. I don’t see why anyone would take Pinnacle Mountain Road from Greenville Highway (Route 225) to drive to Mt. Olivet unless they wanted to grab some apples or doughnuts at Skytop Orchard and enjoy a scenic drive as that would add another 2.6 miles and another 5 minutes to the drive.
- Olivet proposed entrance to Interstate 25 underpass = Distance was 1.7 miles and took me 2 minutes and 30 seconds to drive it at or below the posted speed limits. There are a few turns similar to Kenmure roads but I found it to be a well-maintained public road and an easy drive.
- Olivet proposed entrance to Interstate 25 northbound entry ramp at Exit #5 = 3.5 miles and exactly 5 minutes to drive. It took an additional 4 minutes and 15 seconds to get to Exit #53 on Interstate 26 so less than a 10-minute total drive to get from the proposed Mt. Olivet to Exit #53 (Upward Road) on I-26.
- Mt Olivet proposed entrance to Interstate 25 southbound entry ramp at Exit #3 = 2.5 miles and slightly less than a 4-minute drive.
- For reference: It takes me slightly more than 5 minutes to get from the Kenmure Main gate to my home at 51 Hollybrook Drive (Pinnacle Peak/Hollybrook intersection) and approximately 14 minute total drive time from Exit 53 on I-26 to my house.
Is it viable as a construction gate?
- The 60 Acres: I parked at the swing gated entrance to the 60 Acres on Mt. Olivet and walked into the 60 acres with Lee King’s permission. Very nice piece of real estate with a pond. I plan to walk more of the acreage from my house in the next few days.
- Olivet Construction Entrance Topography: The proposed access for construction vehicles is level, has good line of sign in both directions and has good turning radius in both directions. It has none of the issues that forced us to invest significant $ in redesigning the Argyle entrance and in my opinion would make an excellent construction/emergency entrance.
- Andy’s Thoughts: I am not a contractor nor a big-time developer but if I were accessing the 60 acres for construction related activities on the 60-acre proposed annex I would prefer to access the area from either Exit 3 or Exit 5 off I-25 and Mt Olivet. Personal opinions:
- I think it would be easy to get contractors to preferentially use the proposed construction entrance at Mt. Olivet versus driving to the main gate or the Argyle gate and accessing through the community.
- If residents in the 60-acre proposed annex were going to/from Greenville they would preferentially use the construction entrance as it would save them at least 10 minutes.
- If residents were heading north on I-26, although it would be a longer distance, with no stop lights and mostly 4 lane highway the drive time would be 4 to 5 minutes less using the construction entrance versus driving through Kenmure.
- My property borders the proposed 60 Acre annexation and I feel the advantages to having this land be annexed and developed as part of Kenmure far outweigh the disadvantages for Kenmure at large.
- I will be voting yes.
FROM Jared DeRidder, WGLA Engineering, who is KPOA’s contract engineer (7/29/2019): “ I spent about 30 minutes reviewing this email and the major subdivision layout from Jon Laughter. I agree with all your statements, that at least preliminarily, the construction entrance appears to be very feasible from an engineering standpoint.”
FROM Chief Dustin Nicholson, Green River Fire & Rescue (7/23/2019): “[W]e have looked at the distance from our Main Station located at 1524 Old Us 25 Hwy to the proposed new entrance at 1600 Mount Olivet Rd and it would be approximately 2 miles to the entrance.
We are currently traveling approximately 4 miles to Kenmures main gate then to the top of the mountain to access the Pinnacle Peak area of Kenmure.
If constructed the new entrance will reduce response times for our staff responding to Kenmure which will be a benefit to our citizens that live in Kenmure.”